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How to Protect Your Pencil Drawings From Smudging

There’s nothing worse than working hard on a pencil drawing, only to find it smudged in your sketchbook or hanging on the wall. Luckily, there are some easy ways to protect your pencil drawings from smudging. To protect your pencil drawings from smudging, spray them with a fixative. This will create a barrier between the …

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What’s the Difference Between Drawing and Drafting?

Drafting and drawing are terms that often get confused with each other. Not only do they sound the same, they almost mean the same thing. There’s a really critical difference though, which makes it clear why they are both important terms, independent of one another, in the art world.  The key difference between drawing and …

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The 5 Basic Skills of Drawing: An Easy Guide

All artists, regardless of skill level, use 5 basic skills when creating their drawings. These skills make up the foundation of creating any piece of art, whether it’s a landscape, portrait, still life, or cartoon. Looking at intricate drawings, it can be easy to forget that ever great work starts with a pencil and paper …

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Learning to Draw Through Copying. Is it Bad?

You sit down with your sketchbook and you’re lost. Maybe you want to draw an elephant but aren’t sure where to start. Maybe you’ve been admiring a new artist and want to emulate their techniques. What do you do? Can you copy their work? Will copying help you improve your drawing skills? You can learn …

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5 Types of Contour Drawing and How They Improve Your Art

From the time we’re kids, we all grab crayons and start scribbling shapes. Little did we know that we were all budding contour artists. Contour drawing is one of the most common types of drawing and makes up a lot of the art that we create and enjoy. A contour drawing is an outline of …

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Does Drawing Every Day Make You a Better Artist?

We all know the cliche that practice makes perfect and that practicing a skill every single day would be great in a perfect, stress-free, unscheduled world. In reality, it’s hard to do. When it comes to drawing and art, how neurotic should you be about carving out some time every day to practice? Very neurotic. …

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